Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Move As The Fish In The Sea

Mao Tse-tung on how a guerilla war is waged. The guerilla must have at least the tacit support of the population where he is fighting, or at least the people are neutral. The same applies for the terrorist. He must have a support network, even the loan wolf terrorist. He still needs to eat and sleep. And the alien terrorist has quite a support network in the United States. Even the lone wolf terrorist, Faisal Shahzad.

BOSTON (AP) -- A man arrested in Massachusetts during the investigation into the failed New York Times Square bombing has pleaded guilty to immigration and illegal money-transfer charges and now faces deportation to his native Pakistan.

Aftab Ali, also known as Aftab Khan, was sentenced in federal court Tuesday to time served. He has been placed in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which is expected to deport him within weeks.

Ali has been in federal custody for 11 months. He was one of three men arrested in New England in connection with the failed bombing attempt last May.

Authorities say Khan unwittingly supplied $4,900 to Faisal Shahzad, of Bridgeport, Conn., who was later convicted in the attempted bombing. Khan was not accused of knowing about or participating in the bomb plot.

Shahzad had Aftab Ali, who was recently sentenced to only time served for assisting Shahzad and will be deported. He also had others in the sea in which he swam; Pir D. Khan, and Mohammad Shafiq ur Rahman, who, supposedly unwittingly, assisted Ali and Shahzad.

A former Watertown man who unwittingly supplied cash to the man who became known as the Times Square bomber wants to go home to his native Pakistan, and is willing to admit in court he lied to federal agents so he can be deported.

According to papers filed in US District Court in Boston, Aftab Ali has been in federal custody since May 2010 when he, his uncle, Pir D. Khan, and a Maine man, Mohammad Shafiq ur Rahman, were grabbed by federal agents investigating the failed attempt to bomb Times Square in New York City on May 1, 2010.

Ali, who is approximately 29 years old, is also known as Aftab Ali Khan. He was living with his uncle on Waverley Avenue in Watertown when heavily armed federal agents descended on the neighborhood and took both men into custody.

Federal officials have since cleared Ali and the two other men of having any role in the failed terror plot. Ali’s uncle and Rahman both face allegations that they are in violation of federal immigration laws, a civil procedure.

Khan, however, had a direct tie to Faisal Shahzad, according to federal court records and is charged with providing $4,900 in cash to Shahzad. Federal authorities have not prosecuted Ali as a terrorist and are supporting a plea deal that ends with Ali’s deportation, according to court records.

Prosecutors concluded Ali handed the cash to Shahzad as part of an informal Muslim banking system, according to court records.

Under the deal with US Attorney Carmen Ortiz’s office, Ali would plead guilty, be sentenced to time served awaiting trial, and pay a $200 fine.

Now being held by US marshals, Ali would be transferred to the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which has already signaled they want to deport him the records show.

No date has been set for Ali’s plea, according to records.

It is of import that the network that Shahzad used to execute the failed attack at Times Square was a network of illegal aliens that entered and remained unmolested by the fancifuly named U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Because in most of Massechusetts, they aren't enforcing much. The network had no problem living illegally. Ali entered the U.S. fraudulently on a K-1 fiance visa and went to work illegally immediately upon arrival. Obviously not much immigration enforcement from ICE.

As a matter of fact, the number 1 priority of ICE is terrorists, but they missed this group until after a major terrorist attack. And even after the fact, they play a distant second fiddle to the FBI:

BOSTON, Mass. - In a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Boston today, AFTAB ALI, a/k/a Aftab Ali Khan, 28, formerly of Watertown, Mass., was charged with immigration fraud and making false statements. The complaint alleges that Ali, a Pakistani citizen, entered the country in August 2009 to marry his then-fiancé and began working at a Brookline gas station despite lacking a work permit. It is alleged that approximately three months later, after marrying a different woman, Ali defrauded the government by filing documents to adjust his immigration status in which he knowingly omitted his unauthorized employment.

The complaint further alleges that following the Times Square attempted bombing on May 1, 2010, investigators obtained evidence that Ali had provided $4,900 to Faisal Shahzad, who was later convicted of carrying out the bombing attempt. The complaint alleges that Ali borrowed the $4,900 from the manager of the Brookline gas station where he was employed and transferred it to Shahzad in February 2010 as part of a “hawala” transaction in which Ali’s family received an equivalent amount of money in Pakistan. The complaint alleges that as part of the investigation into the Times Square bombing attempt, agents searched Ali’s apartment, and agents interviewed Ali to determine his immigration status. It is alleged that during the course of the interview Ali again knowingly concealed his employment at the Brookline gas station and made other false statements. The complaint does not allege that Ali was aware of the intended use of the $4,900 that he allegedly provided to Shahzad.

If convicted, Ali faces up to 10 years imprisonment, to be followed by three-year term of supervised release and a $250,000 fine on the charge of immigration document fraud and up to five years imprisonment to be followed by a three-year term of supervised release and a $250,000 fine on the charge of making false statements.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz, Richard DesLauriers, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation - Boston Field Office and Bruce M. Foucart, Special Agent in Charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Office of Homeland Security Investigations in Boston made the announcement today. The investigation was also assisted by members of the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force which consists of various local, state and federal agencies. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney William D. Weinreb in Ortiz’s Antiterrorism and National Security Unit.

ICE appears to be able to act on its priorities only after the FBI broke the case open and after the FBI made the collar. But by failing to vigorously enforce immigration laws, ICE is allowing the growing terrorist supporting community of Muslims in general, and Pakistanis and Somalis in particular, to be as the sea, enabling terrorists to engage in their plots unmolested and without fear of detection or arrest.

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